nothing new to report about the man in the White House

July 22nd, 2017

Oh.  Yeah.  The big gossip coming out of Washington.  And.  Wait.  Wait.  Brash talk from Donald Trump, assailing his key aides?  Like, we can’t see this in his history anywhere.
(He does have that bit of Lyndon Johnson doing important business with anyone he wants to powertrip over while doing important business by doing so while sitting on the toilet about him.)

It turned out to be a preview of even more cutting remarks Mr. Trump would make two days later in an interview with The New York Times: an extraordinary public expression of dissatisfaction with one of his top aides based on Mr. Sessions’s decision in March to recuse himself from the expanding federal investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

Despite Mr. Trump’s avowal in the interview that he would not have picked Mr. Sessions if he had known he would recuse himself, Mr. Sessions said on Thursday that he intended to serve “as long as that is appropriate.” And a spokeswoman for Mr. Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, tried to moderate her boss’s remarks, telling reporters later, “Clearly, he has confidence in him, or he would not be the attorney general.”

But even if Mr. Sessions remains in his job, the relationship between him and Mr. Trump — the Alabama lawyer and the Queens real estate developer, an odd couple bound by a shared conviction that illegal immigration is destroying America — is unlikely to ever be the same, according to a half-dozen people close to Mr. Trump. And this is not the typical Trump administration feud.

I can’t wait to see the National Enquirer dossier on Jeff Sessions any day now, and how Donald Trump is just “leading the charge” somehow, and a new demonization of Jeff Sessions to match that of everyone else.

Mr. Stone listed a chain of events Mr. Trump often ticks off against Mr. Sessions: Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein took over the Russia investigation after Mr. Sessions’s recusal, which led to the appointment of Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, as special counsel, which, in turn, led to irrepressible presidential rage.

“The president initially bonded with Sessions because he saw him as a tough guy,” said Mr. Stone, who has urged Mr. Sessions to investigate Obama-era officials instead of Trump campaign operatives. “Now he’s saying: ‘Where’s my tough guy? Why doesn’t he have my back?’”

There’s a lack of aggressiveness with Sessions, unless it involves chasing people for smoking pot,” he added, referring to the attorney general’s recent focus on marijuana offenses largely ignored under President Barack Obama.

Sure. Like you can’t see from his record what Session’s priorities as Attorney General would be.  But Wait.  Where does this lead Trump on the pot issue?  If Trump could get new appointee Tommy Chong (granted, not “tough” in any traditional definition of the term) to promise to do everything in his power to sweep away the “Russian mess”, would this end the Drug War?

Like, I want to get something out of the Trump mess, don’t you?

next up, last up

July 18th, 2017

So, roughly.  Rand Paul and Mike Lee represent the “conservative dissenters” in the Grand Republican Party — of the trio that might toss in Ted Cruz were him to have decided to throw some “Why — this is just Obamacare Lite!’ commentary into the health care thingy.
Jerry Moran and Susan Collins represent the “Moderate” or whatever it is effect, with Dean Heller coming it as “Moderate by deign of facing a looming tough election”.

Pulling from two different directions against Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump.

John McCain’s health is the deus ex machina that ends this one.  And the President is, as he said he would be to, Trinity Broadcasting, deeply disappointed.

, and who now proposes a “Grand Blank Slate”.

I like this blank slate idea.  Maybe we can do it with everything that’s a complicated bureaucratic state — burn the flawed apparatus down and craft a new presumably less flawed being from scratch.  Call on the other party to “join in” because, hell — the something that will come out of it is better than a nothing, right?

from the director of…

July 17th, 2017

An ad in the Nation for a movie called “13 Minutes”.

Which reads “From the Director of “Downfall”.

[tap, tap, tap].

Quick.  Without looking it up.  What do you think the movie 13 Minutes concerns?

And is there any movie most people who have seen some of it have seen only exactly 2 minutes 10 seconds (or thereabouts) of?

today in history

July 14th, 2017

I’ve been re-enacting the Storming of the Bastille today, in honor of the anniversary date.

Surprisingly, haven’t been arrested yet, even if I have been thrown out of every location I’ve stormed in Bastille-like fashion.

offspring

July 13th, 2017

Remember when Billy Carter embarrassed the Jimmy Carter administration with his financial dealings with Libya?

It was Libya, wasn’t it?  I don’t know — I wasn’t alive back then.

I’m wondering if now that Donald Trump, Jr is in the news — for connections to both the Donald Trump Presidency and dealings with the Russian government —

— Can I start calling them the “Red Russians” again? —

— Or Ruskies? —

Is Billy Carter anywhere in the news?

I guess… barely.  In your cutesy bullet point jokey columnist from out of Omaha.

Who, What, Why, and what does this have to do with Trump or the city’s “Police State”?

July 8th, 2017

I don’t get it.  Here’s the latest that the flyer political activist leaf-letter has slotted in the free news boxes of your Tribunes, Mercury, WW, Epoch Times…:

THERE ARE RUSSIANS IN
PORTLAND
BETTER DRESSED THAN
OUR OWN MOST
DISREPUTABLE
ATTORNEYS AND
PORTLAND HAS CLIMATE
SO MUCH LIKE CRIMEA

Who are they trashing and why are they trashing them with such an odd aspersion against Russians?

contradictory assessments on Corbyn

July 7th, 2017

 

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Bemused comments abound regarding this cover.

The National Review has two articles on the “Specter” that “Haunts Europe”, Labour Party Head Jeremy Corbyn.  Or, rather, one that focuses mainly on the failures of Conservative Head and Prime Minister Theresa May which incidentally frets over the specter of Corbyn, and the other more focused on Corbyn, which downplays the specter.

While this difference of opinion, or maybe perspective, shouldn’t be too surprising — we are dealing with two different writers here — what’s interesting is the manners in which the two articles disagree in subtle or manners — in terms of precision and actual meanings — without realizing it.

Charles C W Cooke, “Theresa May’s Failure”

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, is a socialist and a crank.  He is a disciple of Karl Marx, an IRA sympathizer, and a friend to foreign tyrants.

Michael Brendan Dougherty, “Prime Minister Corbyn?”

In his 2015 run for Labour’s leadership, he was quizzed about his ideological affinities by tv presenter Andrew Marr.  “I haven’t read as much of Marx as I should have done,” Corbyn calmly confessed.  Nevertheless, he was confident enough to say, “Marx obviously analyzed what was happening in a quite brilliant way, and the philosophy around Marx is fascinating.

Or, to be put it in other words: not a disciple of Karl Marx in any way.
Actually, the odd thin about that statement is someone who vehemently believes Marx was dead dead dead wrong could, hypothetically, make that statement.

Another grand point, made by Cooke, regarding May’s campaign.

As should be fairly obvious, “I’m not the crazy one” is not a winning message, and neither for that matter, is “I’m all things to all people.”

Which is, pretty much, how Michael Brendan Dougherty sums up the coalition that sprung to Labour under Corbyn in this last election — or, a big contradictory thing to a big contradictory component of an electorate of Discontent.

Two final note from this issue of the National Review.  Corbyn is a disaster because the best option for Britain right now is to become Singapore.  And the list of snarky news points that begins the publication each issue, with the first a one line quip — Ossoff is a Russian name, after all.  Wait.  Is that a surreal Cold War Communist baiting, or obscure Trump bashing?

the apoliticized late night “wars”

June 29th, 2017

A new hybrid approach for Stephen Colbert in running re-runs on Friday.  Later Letterman phoned Fridays in by taping two shows earlier in the week.  But Colbert, while apparently wanting to phone something in, wants to retain the topicality that is the show.

Ratings wise, this does what?

Stephen Colbert has been beating Jimmy Fallon in late-night show ratings for the past five months — until last week.
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” finally managed to surpass “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” by 34,000 viewers last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. These are Fallon’s highest ratings since he filmed a series of episodes in Orlando that aired in April to celebrate the opening of his new ride at the Universal Orlando Resort. 

Stephen Colbert jumped ahead of Jimmy Fallon based on that one factor: President Donald Trump.  I suppose the “Resistance” ™ is, in the broad swarth of the audience that must make up some kind of late night network television audience, fading a tad.  Passions fade.  Trump will be mockable on a political basis for the forseeable future, so the need to catch Colbert on that basis slides — and Trump will continue as well to be mockable on that the personal celebrity basis but there you will find Fallon and Colbert doing that.  And what was mockable yesterday for Colbert to dig at will be mockable today and tomorrow, or something new will hit, so we might as well check out … Jimmy Fallon riding a Jimmy Fallon ride in an Orlando theme park.